What were the Defence of Canada Regulations (1939)?

Introduction The Defence of Canada Regulations were a set of emergency measures implemented under the War Measures Act on 03 September 1939, a week before Canada’s entry into World War II. Background The extreme security measures permitted by the regulations included the waiving of habeas corpus and the right to trial, internment, bans on certain… Read More


What were the Wartime Labour Relations Regulations (1944)?

Introduction The Wartime Labour Relations Regulations, adopted by Order in Council P.C. 1003 on 17 February 1944, was a wartime measure introduced during World War II in Canada by the Liberal government of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. Background It was the first in Canada to legally recognise the existence of unions and to… Read More

What was The October Crisis (1970)?

Introduction The October Crisis (French: Crise d’Octobre) refers to a chain of events that started in October 1970 when members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped the provincial Deputy Premier Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross from his Montreal residence. These events saw the Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invoking the War… Read More

What was the Conscription Crisis of 1917?

Introduction The Conscription Crisis of 1917 (French: Crise de la conscription de 1917) was a political and military crisis in Canada during World War I. It was mainly caused by disagreement on whether men should be conscripted to fight in the war, but also brought out many issues regarding relations between French Canadians and English… Read More